Cari Siebrits

Cari Siebrits

Cari is an international relations major from the University of British Columbia. She currently works on Plan International Canada’s Community Engagement team.

An Introduction to Inflatable Hospitals

Just a few days since the 7.8-magnitude earthquake hit Nepal, three inflatable tents—each measuring over 1,000m2 in floor space—arrive at the airport in Katmandu. Folded and deflated upon arrival, each tent weighs 2,600 lbs and requires 10 people to carry it from the plane to a waiting truck, which begins a slow and difficult journey to the relief site in the mountainous Gorkha district. Upon its arrival, staff work frantically in shifts throughout the following days and nights to set up a fully-functioning inflatable tent hospital.

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Getting Young Mothers Back in the Classroom after Ebola

Sierra Leone finally reopened classroom doors after a nine-month school closure during the Ebola outbreak. Unfortunately, the government also announced a ban on all visibly pregnant girls in the classroom. An initiative has since been launched in collaboration with the government to encourage new and expecting teenage mothers to return to school, in response to the spike in pregnancies observed during the Ebola crisis.

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